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Goodyear creates new position for Mick; Copeland, Swales move up

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Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has named Charles "Chuck" Mick to the newly created position of vice president and general manager, North American holdings and integration. Prior to the promotion, Mick had served as vice president and general manager of the company's Global Off-Highway tire business unit since 2003.

In his new role, Mick will have general management responsibility for Goodyear's Canadian tire business, and will oversee Goodyear's interests in Tire & Wheel Assembly (T&WA). Simultaneously, he will be responsible for leading the integration of Goodyear's North American shared services activities in support of the company's strategic efforts to drive additional cost savings.

Joseph Copeland, chief executive officer of Goodyear's South Pacific Tyre (SPT) business in Australia since May 2005, will succeed Mick; as vice president and general manager of the Global Off-Highway business, he will be responsible for Goodyear's worldwide off-the-road, aviation and race tire business units.

Jon Rich, president of Goodyear's North American Tire business, praised Mick, who joined the company in 1969, for turning around the company's off-highway businesses. He also pointed to Copeland's background in the automotive and technology industries, where he served at both Ford Motor Co. and Intel Corp.

Replacing Copeland will be Judith Swales, who was appointed CEO and managing director of SPT. She was previously managing director of SPT retail, where she initiated the modernization of the company's 500 company-owned Beaurepaires stores and franchised Goodyear Auto Service Centers in Australia and New Zealand.

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